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Three ways Man City could line up vs Tottenham in must-win Premier League clash

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Manchester City braces for a pivotal clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Pep Guardiola faces key decisions in assembling his starting lineup, as analyzed by the Manchester Evening News (MEN). With fitness concerns surrounding Nathan Ake and Jack Grealish’s return from illness, Guardiola must weigh the options carefully to maintain City’s title hopes.

According to MEN’s assessment, Guardiola’s selection process revolves around balancing fitness and form. The injury to Ake against Fulham and Grealish’s availability pose significant considerations.

Guardiola emphasized the importance of maintaining the current form of his defenders, hinting that in-form players will retain their places in the lineup.

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Guardiola may opt for continuity in defense, with Ake’s fitness being a primary concern. Ruben Dias and Manu Akanji’s partnership is touted to continue in the heart of City’s defense, alongside the dependable Kyle Walker at right-back.

However, John Stones may face further bench time despite his fitness, as the current defensive duo have been in impressive form.

Mateo Kovacic alongside Rodri, citing Kovacic’s standout performance against Fulham. This setup aims to provide stability in midfield and capitalize on Kovacic’s ball-winning abilities, crucial for maintaining possession against Spurs’ threat.

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Guardiola may lean towards continuity in the attacking department, with Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden providing support to Erling Haaland. However, the return of Grealish offers a tempting option for City’s attacking prowess, albeit potentially from the bench.

Guardiola must strike in selecting his lineup, emphasizing the significance of maintaining defensive solidity while maximizing attacking potential. Guardiola’s decisions will play a pivotal role in City’s quest for a crucial victory against Tottenham and keeping their title destiny within their grasp.

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